It’s the new year, and with every celebration, resolution, and drunken rendition of Auld Lang Syne comes one thing- ‘this year, I’m going to the gym’. Whilst it’s easy enough to say, the post-Christmas bloat and festive lethargy can deter even the most dedicated of gym-goers, and sometimes a little extra motivation is needed to hit your fitness goals.
Spicing up your activewear wardrobe is a sure-fire way to feel excited about the gym. Whether you’re on a budget or looking to invest in some quality pieces, a new workout outfit can go a long way to helping you keep that fitness resolution. However, as the trend of activewear becomes more and more popular, it can be difficult to find the brands worth buying in the multitude of competing retailers. Here’s five of my favourite activewear spots, for everyone from newbies to pros. See you in the gym!
Let’s start with the cheapest option- Primark. It might not be high-quality, as with sportswear you tend to get what you pay for, but Primark’s ever-expanding range ticks the major fitness trends at a fraction of the price of the big brands. Plus, they’ve just released another collaboration with Alice Liveing, aka Clean Eating Alice, so there’s plenty of new styles in store. If you’re on a January budget, and aren’t too fussy about functionality, check out Primark’s activewear.
With a huge collection of brands and near-constant sales, ASOS is a surprisingly good hub of both sportswear and athleisure options. In particular, ASOS is the place to catch big-name labels at a fraction of the original price. Unless you want to browse all day, make use of their wide range of filters to sort through the huge number of options online. ASOS also stock sizes from a UK 4-24, so there’s something for all body types.
More commonly known for their sports makeup, this brand has a ton of gym pieces that are performance-ready but don’t break the bank. Their most recent release is a vibrant collaboration with the body-positive influencer Chessie King, but if you prefer your activewear understated, they also offer a range of more neutral styles.
If you’re looking to invest in a new workout wardrobe, look no further than The Upside. This Aussie-based sportswear brand is the perfect combination of functional and aesthetic, especially for those who want to treat themselves to something a bit more unique than the high-street options. The price tag is hefty, but if you’ve got some Christmas cash spare, their designs are made to last, and will stand the test of high-intensity workouts.
Leggings, £99 (shop online at Matches Fashion).
As well as stocking a range of brands, USA Pro’s own line of sportswear is a good activewear option. Prices start under a fiver, but can vary widely depending on the product, with leggings anywhere from £16 to £45. USA Pro is another brand that have jumped on the celebrity collaboration trend, most recently with a Little Mix feature. However, you can’t go wrong with their basic leggings, which are simple but flattering.